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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois


Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities  as chairman include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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More on Veterans

May 22, 2018 Press Release
A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) to ensure our nation’s veterans receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) as Social Security recipients passed the U.S. House of Representatives Monday evening. The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (H.R. 4958) would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities beginning December 1, 2018.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act instructs the VA to establish qualifications for each HR position within the VHA and establish standardized performance metrics similar to the private sector. HR departments at the VA currently have no such requirements.
April 25, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, welcomed more than 50 veterans from Southern Illinois to Washington, DC. The visit was coordinated by Honor Flight of Southern Illinois, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing all veterans who apply a free trip to Washington to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifice.
March 8, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), along with a bipartisan group of House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs members introduced legislation to prevent misuse of VA’s purchase cards.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (IL-12) introduced the bipartisan Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2018 to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.
January 30, 2018 Press Release
U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday evening:
January 24, 2018 Press Release
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) and Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) called on U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to make changes in the Human Resources department at the Marion VA Medical Center.
January 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss efforts to transition military veterans into the agricultural workforce. Bost, a member of both the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the House Committee on Agriculture, was accompanied by a bipartisan group for the Capitol Hill meeting.
November 9, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Al Lawson (D-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans. The Veterans’ Agricultural Apprenticeship Act instructs the USDA to work with state departments of agriculture to identify farmers and ranchers eligible for a direct loan to train apprentice veterans. The loan would, in turn, be paid back to the USDA after the harvest season.
October 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (R-IL) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of legislation he authored to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.